Egypt: Death toll in train accident rises to 26

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Rescue workers prepare to remove a body from the site of a deadly train accident near the village of Dahshur, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. A cargo train traveling south of Egypt's capital slammed into vehicles crossing the tracks early Monday, killing dozens of people, many from the same family returning from a wedding party, state TV and the head of emergency services said. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa)

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian officials say the death toll from a train crash south of Cairo has risen to 26, after two of the injured died in hospital.

The train slammed into at least three vehicles, including a truck, crossing the tracks early on Monday near the village of Dahshur.

Most of the dead and injured were family members returning from a wedding in Cairo.

The head of Egypt's emergency services, Ahmed el-Ansari, says 28 people remained in hospital, mostly with fractures, crush injuries and lost body parts.

Egypt is notorious for train collisions and has a poor safety record blamed on decades of badly maintained equipment.

A year ago, a train crashed into a bus, killing 51 school children in southern Egypt.